EAST LANSING, Mich. (WILX) – From the battlefield to the school board – a Michigan man is using what he learned in the military to come back as an educator.
Anthony Kruckeberg said: “I joined the army at 17. “Throughout my career, I’ve had a number of overseas deployments.”
Kruckeberg is a veteran who spent many years testing Blackhawk helicopters and mentoring other soldiers. He currently mentors students as a substitute teacher and is the school board president of the Great Lakes Learning Academy.
“It was a very rewarding experience being able to impact the kids in so many ways,” says Kruckeberg. “I want to be the person I wanted to be when I was a kid going through some tough times.”
Kruckeberg was forced to discharge due to medical problems, but he still had a hunger to serve, so he decided to earn two bachelor’s degrees from Michigan State University in History Education and Social Studies. He said his ultimate goal is to become a school administrator to further mentor young people.
“I want to be an administrator. I love the mentoring aspect, that’s what I like best,” says Kruckeberg. “Mentorship is something that carries someone through their alma mater current course or A. It can be for a lifetime.”
In addition to his education, Kruckeberg mentors other veterans and even coaches nearly 10 youth sports teams. He said a lot of his motivation to help others stems from the fact that he and his family have received so much support.
“I’m just working on a lot of different things to give back as much as I can because everyone has been so supportive of everything I do, taking care of my family and my kids,” says Kruckeberg. .
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